Can I have LASIK surgery?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. A successful LASIK procedure is mainly determined by whether you meet specific patient criteria and if laser eye surgery is right for you.

  • Your eyes must be healthy and free from any severe dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis (pink eye), infection or any eye injury.
  • Your cornea must have sufficient thickness. Most refractive procedures improve visual acuity by reshaping the front surface of the eye (your cornea). Performing laser eye surgery on a cornea that is too thin or has a extraordinarily irregular surface and misshapen could compromise results and impair your vision.
  • Your pupils must not be too large. If your pupils are naturally large, you could be at increased risk of side effects such as halos, glares and starbursts in low light, especially when driving at night.
  • Your prescription must be within certain limits. Your eye surgeon may advise you against the LASIK procedure if your prescription is very high- due to short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism. Results of LASIK surgery for the treatment of very high refractive errors are less predictable and may not be worth the cost and potential risks. In addition, very high amounts of myopia, for example, could require the removal of too much corneal tissue and put you at increased risk of vision complications. If you have a severe refractive error, another type of vision correction surgery may be a better option, such as phakic IOL implantable lenses or refractive lens exchange.
  • You must be old enough. Specific procedures require you to be 18 years old; others, 21. Patients younger than these ages can be treated as an exception at the discretion of the LASIK surgeon with permission from the patient’s parent(s) or guardian. Generally, there is no upper age limit to laser eye surgery. However, it is essential to note that once you hit your 40s, you may still need reading glasses to correct near vision due to a normal, age-related condition called presbyopia.
  • Your vision must be stable. Teenagers and many young adults often experience changes in their contact lens prescription and eyeglass prescription from year to year. Therefore, refractive errors need to be stable for at least 12 months before undergoing LASIK or other refractive surgery.
  • You must be in good health – If your body has any trouble with healing, you will have a higher risk of an unsatisfactory LASIK surgery outcome.
  • If you are pregnant, you should delay surgery – The LASIK procedure is not suitable if you are pregnant or nursing. Hormonal changes can alter the shape of your cornea, leading to temporary changes in your vision.
  • You must have realistic expectations – While the vast majority of LASIK surgery results are excellent, you should be fully aware of the possible side effects, risks and potential LASIK complications before you choose to undergo the procedure.

To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or if another type of refractive surgery may be more appropriate to free you from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, please book online for a free laser vision assessment on our website today.

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With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

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